Well it is a little early here, but today I celebrated Hanami. Cherry blossoms have always been my favorite flower to watch bloom. Although the actual flowers only last a week or so the trees take several weeks to fully bloom. Then after a week of enjoying the beautiful pink trees, the paper-thin petals fall off of the tree creating a warm snowy effect.
One of the traditional meanings of the cherry blossom is a good education, which could explain why the University parks have several trees scattered throughout the property.
*With the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I am sure that Hanami will be celebrated with it normal vigor and enthusiasm. My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to those who are affected.
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Until tomorrow, good night.